Spell 1st Home Edition

Spell 1st Home Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 7 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5.0.16
  • Total Downloads:
    15,693
  • Date Added:
    September 27, 2006
  • File Size:
    61.4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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In Spell 1st Home Edition, a baby invites you to her spelling fort under the kitchen table, where you listen to, then spell 100 "sight words" that first-graders need to memorize. A dog uses each word in a sentence, and then you type it. You can click a letter if you need help finding it on the keyboard. The first test is administered by a talking cat. After 10 correct answers, you get a new coach. Several animals take turns, including a horse, a giraffe, an elephant, a monkey, a zebra, a guinea pig, a jaguar, a penguin, and a lion. Upcoming coaches' pictures appear at the top of the screen. The coach animal's face registers shock if you type in the wrong letter, which is both amusing and helpful as a visual cue for small children. If you type the word correctly, the coach smiles.

Young children may find the morphed animals delightful, although some adults might find them a bit creepy. The dog and baby employ prerecorded human speech, which sounds much better than the coach's Microsoft Speech Engine pronunciation. Spell 1st could use a bit of efficiency in its packaging. The 65MB download seems extremely large for the included content, and the program consumes nearly 60MB of system memory while running. Nevertheless, the engaging Spell 1st Home Edition should encourage first-grade students and early bloomers to become master spellers.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 5 stars

    "perfect program to tutor kids at home"

    January 21, 2006   |   By PETEYANN

    Version: Spell 1st Home Edition 1.4.0.1

    Pros

    the sbility to practice numerous activities

    Cons

    not one complaint

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  • 5 stars

    "Loved it! Great learning tool..."

    October 07, 2005   |   By crmom1210

    Version: Spell 1st Home Edition 1.1.0.6

    Pros

    What a fun way to start spelling! My daughter was engaged from the first moment, and her comfort level in spelling, especially on school tests, increased rapidly. I found myself giggling right along with her at some of the animals' comments. I'm looking forward to starting my Kindergarten-aged son on this program soon.

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  • 5 stars

    "This program incredibly helped my son's reading and spelling!"

    October 06, 2005   |   By Aifos

    Version: Spell 1st Home Edition 1.1.0.6

    Pros

    Encouraging words as the child progresses; repetition on problem words and creative sentences!

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  • 5 stars

    "Jumpstart Your Kid's Reading"

    October 05, 2005   |   By bernardgolden

    Version: Spell 1st Home Edition 1.1.0.6

    Pros

    This product allows your children to get started with reading and spelling without you have to drill them with material. It also uses engaging animations to interest them. My kids started using the product at 4 yo, and are significantly ahead of grade-level in reading (in fact, they may be ahead of me!)

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  • 5 stars

    "Turns rote memorization into a cute and funny game."

    September 19, 2005   |   By Ninaclaire

    Version: Spell 1st Home Edition 1.1.0.6

    Pros

    My child and I liked the whimsy of the characters (the animals and especially, the baby), and the personalization of the vocal interactions.

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  • 4 stars

    "easy to use; fun for kids and parents"

    September 04, 2005   |   By wimmer79

    Version: Spell 1st Home Edition 1.1.0.6

    Pros

    talking animals are great!

    Cons

    takes a long time to download

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    General
    Publisher Symbionica
    Publisher web site http://www.symbionica.com
    Release Date September 27, 2006
    Date Added September 27, 2006
    Version 1.5.0.16
    Category
    Category Educational Software
    Subcategory Language Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 98
    Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
    Download Information
    File Size 61.4MB
    File Name setup_spell1st.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 15,693
    Downloads Last Week 2
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 15-day trial
    Price $19.99

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